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Polio cases triple in Afghanistan; Karzai blames Taliban resistance to vaccines

KABUL - In a country where insurgents have for years attacked and killed people working for the government or the international community, a small army of vaccination teams connected to both have gone through some of the most dangerous areas, mostly safely.

Appointed by the government, paid for by international agencies, and given free passage by the Taliban, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s 65,000 volunteers and workers had seemed to have nearly wiped out the disease - until recently.

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